Katie's Choice, Clover Ridge Series #2
Heartwarming and faith inspiring
Zane Carson, a news correspondent is sent on an unusual assignment. He's heading to Oklahoma to learn about the Amish way of life. His mission is to not only report, but actually live with an Amish family for three months.
Katie Rose teaches at the local Amish school and is raising her brother's children after he lost his wife during childbirth. Katie has accepted that she will never be married because her beau left the Amish for the English world.
Can Zane learn what it's truly like to be Amish? Will Katie be happy with her life as a teacher and fill-in mother?
This would be a great book to start with if you are not familiar with the Amish, as the story gives a lot of information on their beliefs and way of life. There are some terrific spiritual lessons in this novel that made the storyline even better.
I give Katie's Choice 4-1/2 stars.
November 20, 2013
This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.
Zane Carson was a war correspondent for a Chicago magazine. To ease back into the job after being shot he headed to an unfamiliar country Ã¢ÂÂ Amish country. He planned on having one of his easiest assignments ever. HeÃ¢ÂÂd stay with a host family and write about his experiences while living among the Amish. But being attracted to Katie Rose Fisher was not part of his plan.
Katie Rose believed that it was her calling to be single and teach the children in her Amish community. She was once in love with Samuel Beachy until he left to become English. After spending some time with Zane, Katie had to fight her feelings for yet another Englisher.
I was wondering why an Englisher would be welcome in the Fisher home. There are at least two reasons. KatieÃ¢ÂÂs dad agreed to have Zane live with his family to raise money for his wife RuthÃ¢ÂÂs cancer treatments. It was easy to see he truly loved his wife. He was hoping the exposure would bring people and their money to their community. I liked Ruth and I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt wait to discover if she was cancer free or not. It was sad to read about Ruth and her having to deal with the effects of surgery and chemotherapy to get rid of the cancer. Another reason is Englisher-soon-to-be-Amish Annie Hamilton. Annie is a minor character in this story. She was introduced in the first book in the Clover Ridge Novels, Saving Gideon. Now that IÃ¢ÂÂve read KatieÃ¢ÂÂs Choice and about her and GideonÃ¢ÂÂs meeting I want to read their story in Saving Gideon.
Zane lived on a cooperative as a child. The members of that community were not much different from the Amish Ã¢ÂÂ except there was no mention of God. They both lived off the land. So it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt hard to see how Zane easily worked on the Fisher farm.
Zane was raised by agnostic parents. His world was turned upside down by the way the FisherÃ¢ÂÂs lived out their faith. It was obvious the family loved God. Katie Rose lived for God. She saw Him in everything. I like how Zane discovered God in a way that wasnÃ¢ÂÂt pushed down his throat because that would have never worked for him.
There were a few negatives about this story. Part of the ending felt rushed. This same part also seemed to be written differently than the rest of the story. Monica, ZaneÃ¢ÂÂs fiancÃÂ©e, had an unbelievable reaction to more than one situation that affected her life. One was when Zane decided to no longer have an intimate relationship with her. The other was when she discovered if Zane was or wasnÃ¢ÂÂt in love with her. Readers may find it questionable that an Amish woman and an English man would be attracted to one another. Overall, it was a good read. I enjoyed this story so much I found it hard to put down.
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I received a free copy of this book from B & H Publishing and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review.
October 15, 2013
Heartwarming Amish Tale!
In this heartwarming Amish tale, author Amy Lillard takes us on a special journey -- where two people from very different worlds find new hope, faith, and healing for their broken lives.
Zane Carson, a war correspondent, has received a strange assignment and certainly not the one he was hoping for. Having his heart set on going to Juarez, Mexico to cover the war on drugs, he receives the news that he is to travel to the Amish country of Oklahoma instead. Before he leaves he asks his beautiful girlfriend, Monica, to marry him when he gets back from his three month assignment there.
Katie Rose has given up on her dream of being an Amish wife and mother of a houseful of children. After the love of her life, Samuel Beachy, leaves the Amish and joins the Englisch world six years prior, a heartbroken Katie Rose feels it is God's call on her life to take care of her widowed brother's children and teach school. Neither Katie nor Zane can stop the undeniable attraction between them, but both know nothing can become of it. Zane is "almost" engaged and Katie is Amish and never the twain shall meet. Especially when Samuel Beachy returns to the community wanting Katie back and Monica says "yes"...
This is my first novel by Amy Lillard, but certainly not my last. She covers some tough topics such as breast cancer, PTSD, and Down syndrome with finesse, and I found myself alternating between tears and laughter at the trials and antics of the main and secondary characters. Yes, the conclusion was predictable as I have read so many Amish books, but the journey there was superb!
A copy of this book was provided by Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
August 6, 2013
A nice read!!!
I started reading this book when I realized there was one before it, and that I had the first in the series already. So I put Katie's Choice down and read Saving Gideon first. I'm so glad I did. While Katie's Choice can be a stand alone I think that I enjoyed it much more after already being introduced and loving the original characters. That said, there are really great scenes that I loved; though there are also lulls in the story. It didn't completely capture me at times when at others I couldn't put it down! The over all message and story is interesting and unique. I love how Amy gives you a character that you don't like and don't want to like in the beginning and then does something that makes you love them like the rest. Katie's Choice is wonderful for the reader that has just started reading Amish stories. You will learn along with Zane about their ways and customs, but it is also great for those that have read about the Amish regularly (though at times I personally got frustrated with Zane in his first views of the Amish). :) Amy captures how The Lord will provide and how resourceful the people that trust in Him can come to be! :) A journey of change and finding Salvation and faith lies with in these pages! :) From the cost of fighting cancer to the love and loyalty of family! Katie's Choice is an all around great read! :) Plus there are some great humorous scenes! :D I can't wait for the rest of the characters stories and see what Amy comes up with!
One last note that I must share is how I love that a Glossary is included! While as you read Amish fiction it becomes easy to know what they say without the help of a glossary it is still very considerate when it is included! :) The only question I would have for Amy is..."Where are the recipes?!?!?!?" ;) LOL!
My song choices: "The Love of God" by Dave Hunt, "Little Drummer Boy" Faith Hill,
and while I know I used this one for Saving Gideon as well; I must use it again for Katie's choice. On so many levels it works! :) (This time I'll use Dave's version :) ) "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes
June 15, 2013